For today, to start, I want to share a quote from Wendell Berry I read in the book that I am using to guide my journey: Food and Faith, edited and compiled by Michael Schut.
"We cannot live harmlessly or strictly at our own expense; we depend upon other creatures and survive by their deaths. To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation. The point is, when we do this knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, reverently, it is a sacrament; when we do it ignorantly, greedily, clumsily, destructively, it is a desecration... in such desecration, we condemn ourselves to a spiritual and moral loneliness, and others to want."
To view eating as a sacrifice and gift on the part of creation reaffirms my belief in supporting local, good, clean, and fair foods and reminds me in new and profound ways why we pray before every meal. I feel that giving thanks for our food should not only be thanking God, the Creator, but also thanking the creation itself for the life-giving gift of nourishment.
Today, thank your food for the sacrifice it made.